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Thursday, December 11, 2014, @ 8PM
Roulette (509 Atlantic at 3rd Ave)


Fast Forward: ‘TEN’

Chris Brown / Frank Gratowsky / William Winant


Interpretations continues its 26th season with an evening of music that explores the frontiers between composition and improvisation.

Composer Fast Forward will premieres his newest work TEN”, for 10 players. Following his passion for making serious music with everyday objects, Fast Forward has chosen ten of New York’s most adventurous downtown musicians to perform his composition. Ten separate pieces are woven into one complete work. 10 players play 10 pieces for 10 instruments. Performing the work will be Gelsey Bell, Tom Chiu, Chris Cochrane, Michael Evans, David Freeman, Grady Gerbracht, Gisburg, Eric Farber, Dave Ruder & Aliza Simons. Composing non-traditional ensemble works in New York and around the world for more than 30 years, Fast Forward continuous to demonstrate that exciting music can be made with almost any object.

The international trio of Chris Brown (piano & electronics), Frank Gratowsky (winds), and William Winant (percussion) specializes in improvisations that seamlessly meld avant-garde classical, jazz and electronic influences. Extended techniques and interactive electronic signal processing create an original sound-world that transcends its instrumental sources through hybrid timbral and temporal transformations. The distinctive sound of west coast native William Winant’s bass marimba and unusual gongs is a regular feature on the Interpretations series, and this time he brings with him fellow Bay Area resident Chris Brown, who contributes not only his impressive piano improvisations, but his extensive live electronic processing. German saxophonist Frank Gratowsky brings his alto saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet to the mix, contributing a distinctively European tone to this unusual trio.


“Forward is the first musician to combine the sweet repetitions of Reich,
the raw decibel power of Branca, the randomness of Cage and Wolff, and
even the stochastic textures of Xenakis. It’s a potent combination, carried
out with irresistible momentum.”
– Kyle Gann, the Village Voice.

“The trio [of Brown, Gratowsky, & Winant] lets their music take
manifold shapes. They can command the mood through a finely
honed solo or fragmented construction just as they can lock
lines with tensile tautness and ferocious phrases.”
– All About Jazz

“Few musicians so easily straddle the divide between improvised
music and contemporary composition, but Brown has a knack for
both—he’s a restlessly curious and adventurous explorer”.
– Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader



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Fast Forward is a New York –based English composer and performer who makes music with almost anything. He is probably best known for his in depth musical explorations of the Trinidadian steel pan and his music-theatre works for diverse instrumentation. Feeding Frenzy, a culinary concert for 5 musicians, 5 cooks, 5 waiters, and the audience, has been performed in many countries, for many occasions, including the 15 year celebration of Freunde Guter Musik at The Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin and the Time of Music Festival in Finland. It ran for three seasons at the Kitchen Center in New York. For 3 years, he toured extensively as a guest composer and musician for The Merce Cunningham Dance Company and continues to work closely with them as a musician and composer. As a teacher, he teaches master classes in composition, improvisation, and music/theater at various institutions including: Time of Music Festival (Viitassari, Finland), Bergen and Trondheim Art Academies (Norway), STEIM (Amsterdam, Holland), Wien University (Vienna), CNDO, (Amsterdam), Theatre pour Danse Contemporain (Paris), Podewil (Berlin) and New York University.

Chris Brown, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, creates music for acoustic instruments with interactive electronics, for computer networks, and for improvising ensembles.   Collaboration and improvisation are consistent themes in his work, as well as the invention and performance of new electronic instruments. These range from electro-acoustic instruments (“Gazamba”, 1982), to acoustic instrument transformation systems (“Lava”, 1992), and audience interactive FM radio installations (“Transmissions”, 2004, with Guillermo Galindo).   As a performer he has recorded music by Henry Cowell, Luc Ferrari, José Maceda, John Zorn, David Rosenboom, Larry Ochs, Glenn Spearman, and Wadada Leo Smith; as an improvisor he has recorded with Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Ikue Mori, Alvin Curran, William Winant, Biggi Vinkeloe, Don Robinson, and Frank Gratkowski, among many others. Recent recordings of his music include “ROGUE WAVE” (on Tzadik), “TALKING DRUM” (on Pogus), a duet with Fred Frith titled “CUTTER HEADS” (on Intakt), and “SUSPENSION”, with the CBD Trio, on Rastascan.   He is also a member of the pioneering computer network band “The Hub”, which has just released “BOUNDARY LAYER”a box set recording celebrating over 20 years of music on Tzadik. He is also a Professor of Music and Co-Director   of the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM) at Mills College in Oakland, California.

Frank Gratkowski is a saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer living in Germany. Since 1992 he has been working in a duo with the pianist Georg Graewe. The duo is often extended through the participation of different additional musicians, such as drummer Paul Lovens and bassist John Lindberg. In 1995 he founded the Frank Gratkowski Trio with Dieter Manderscheid, and Gerry Hemingway. In 2000 the trio has been extended to a quartet by Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos. Since 2003 also appearing as a Double Quartet plus Tobias Delius, Herb Robertson, Wilbert DeJoode and Michael Vatcher. Since 2001 Frank Gratkowski has been performing with a trio including Wilbert De Jode (NL) on bass and Achim Kaufmann (D) on piano. Since 2006 he has workded extensively with the trio Gratkowski / Brown / Winant. He is also a co-leader / composer of the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra and received a commission to compose for the ensemble Apartment House from November Music (Den Bosch NL) and the Huddersfield Comtemporary Music Fesitival (England) in 2009. Further actual projects are Fo[u]r Alto, a saxophone ensemble dedicated to microtonal music, and “Artikulationen E,” a solo program for saxophone with 8 channel live electronics. Frank Gratkowski has played on numerous international Jazz and contemporary music Festivals including Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Quebec, Les Mans, Muelhuus, Groeningen, Nickelsdorf, Barcelona, Lithuania, Warsaw, Zagreb, Prague, Bratislava, Sofia, Bucharest, Odessa and Roma, Huddersfield, London. He has been teaching saxophone and ensembles at the Cologne, Berlin and Arnhem Conservatory of Music and is giving workshops all around the world.

William Winant has performed with some of the most innovative and creative musicians of our time, including John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez, Frank Zappa, Keith Jarrett, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, James Tenney, Terry Riley, Cecil Taylor, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser, and many others. His own groups include ROOM (with Chris Brown and Larry Ochs), CHALLENGE (with Anthony Braxton and David Rosenboom), WAKE (with Frank Gratkowski and Chris Brown), and the WILLIAM WINANT PERCUSSION GROUP. He has made over 200 recordings, covering a wide variety of genres, including music by Earle Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, John Zorn, Butch Morris, James Newton, Frank Gratkowski, Pauline Oliveros, Luc Ferrari, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Danny Elfman (“Batman Returns”), Siouxse and the Banshees, Secret Chiefs 3, ICP, Han Bennik, The Ex, White Out with Jim O’Rourke, Lou Reed, Thurston Moore, and Mike Patton. In 1999 he produced “Goodbye 20th-Century” (SYR4), a recording of music by 20th-century avant-garde composers with the influential rock band Sonic Youth. Most recently his recording with cellist Joan Jeanrenaud of her CD “Strange Toys” was nominated for a grammy in 2009. Also he along with guitarists Henry Kaiser and David Lindley, created special music for Werner Herzog’s 2009 Oscar nominated documentary “Encounters at the End of the World”. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and teaches at Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley. For eight years Mr. Winant was Artist-in-Residence at Mills College with Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio. Formed in 1984, the trio has premiered over 25 new works for violin, piano, and percussion at major festivals and recitals throughout the world. Their recordings can be heard on the New Albion, Tzadik, and CRI/New World labels.


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